May 29, 2023

A new study finds that getting enough sleep at night may help reduce the risk of contracting the Corona virus, as well as developing more severe disease.

The study included, according to a report by the British newspaper BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health, more than 2,800 frontline healthcare workers in 6 countries, and found that for every additional hour of sleep workers get at night, their risk of infection with the Corona virus decreases by 12%. .

The study showed that those who suffer from exhaustion were more likely to contract the virus, had a longer illness period, and were more likely to develop a serious illness.

“Poor sleep, severe sleep problems, and fatigue may be risk factors for COVID-19 in healthcare workers,” said Stephen Holfinger, a sleep medicine expert at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who was not involved in the new study.

He added that he believes that “more research to better define this risk will be useful,” noting that the epidemic has evolved a lot since last spring, especially with the emergence of new variables, so that the data must be interpreted with caution.

However, the new research is not the first to indicate a link between sleep and the risk of contracting the Corona virus, as a small study from China found that people who did not sleep much in the week before they contracted Corona appeared to have more severe results, and the researchers are also exploring the possibility that Melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in the sleep-wake cycle, may help deter coronavirus.

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